Posts Tagged ‘Work’

  • Simple but not easy
  • Persistence and assistance
  • Practice the fundamentals

I attended my first WI Servant Leader City Tour event on April 25th at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) in downtown Milwaukee, and I was equally impressed with the facility, the presenters, and the participants.

MSOE graciously hosted the event and provided for all necessary comforts including a centrally located room, lunch, and free parking in their visitor lot. I was equally impressed with the students I happen to meet in the hallway. Most of them greeted me cheerfully and made me feel very welcome (one even opening the door for me with a generous smile).

The event started with a 30-minute interactive, story-filled, engaging presentation about the “Nuts & Bolts” of Servant Leadership. This energizing time was followed by three guest community speakers who shared their Servant Leader journey. It was great to hear about their real-life leadership adventures and experience their work-in-progress approach to self-awareness.

The roundtable discussion that followed unearthed three big take aways:

  • Self-awareness is simple but not easy. It’s not unreasonable to think that most leaders understand the value of self-awareness and they can articulate the steps necessary to mature in this area. However, self-awareness is a difficult journey to undertake, one that demands an uncomfortable transparency into the real self.
  • Self-awareness takes persistence and assistance. No one becomes self-aware overnight. Yes, there are growth spurt moments, but generally speaking, it requires practice over time. One also needs a coach (assistance) to help point out some of the blind spots.
  • Self-awareness thrives on practicing the fundamentals. One of people who sat at our table operates at a high level of expertise in his field; however, this person takes a fundamental training course each year as a means to remain grounded. This concept resonates with me deeply. When I played viola professionally in a Music at Popa Rususymphony orchestra, my teacher (read coach) had me practice scales like any entry level musician. Self-awareness fundamentals are no different. Practice humility, transparency, compassion, forgiveness, listening, and patience (not an exhaustive list); and when your self-awareness “sounds a little off”, stop, regroup, and try it again. Yup… practice.
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The modern Christian church and the typical American family have adopted popular business leadership and management practices with inconsistent results; some business practices work well while others do not.

Survey #1: Your Place of Employment

Survey #2: Your Church

Survey #3: Your Family 

This is part of a study which examines why some leadership practices work well, whereas some introduce dysfunction in the church (and the family), and why it is difficult to detect the damaging practices…

IMG_4324Would you rather be treated justly or mercifully? Be shocked as you listen to the message below about a new kind of country with a radical culture.

Parable of the Workers (.mp3)

The Parable of the Workers in Matthew 20 describes a boss who operates justly but is motivated by a higher standard. Do we dare dream of a community obsessed by mercy?

IMG_4245Did you know that work was part of God’s plan in the Garden of Eden?  During this sermon (originally given in 2008) I asked the kids in the audience to keep track of 3 words: God, Work, Boss.

Work 08-31-2008 (.mp3)

The Scripture has a lot to say about work, so if you have some challenges at work, this is for you…